Monday, November 28, 2016

Face to Face Event with Elder and Sister Christofferson (Spanish)

Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, will answer questions during the Church’s first regional Face to Face event on December 10, 2016. 
The event in Guatemala will be broadcast throughout the region in Spanish and Portuguese only.

The Church’s first Regional Face to Face will feature Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, on December 10, 2016. The event in Guatemala will be broadcast throughout the region in Spanish and Portuguese only.
All youth and their friends, leaders, and parents are invited to participate in the live, interactive Q&A on Saturday, December 10, at 1:00 p.m. Guatemala time.

Elder Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks Spanish and translates his own general conference talks into Spanish. “Yo fui misionero de tiempo completo en Argentina (...) A partir de esa experiencia y en muchas otras asignaciones subsiguientes como Autoridad General, gané un profundo respeto y amor por los miembros de habla hispana de nuestra Iglesia,” dijo el élder Christofferson. “Y en particular, por nuestros jóvenes de habla hispana, que son valientes y sensibles al Espíritu; es más, son un gran ejemplo para nosotros. ¡Me encanta participar con ustedes y servir a su lado!”

Youth are invited to prayerfully ponder what questions they might have for Elder and Sister Christofferson and submit them on the event page anytime before or during the event. Then plan to watch on the home page or at

Monday, November 21, 2016

Groundbreaking Announced for New Mormon Temple in Canada

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are welcoming the announcement of the groundbreaking date for the first Mormon temple in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Church leaders announced that the event will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 12:00 noon. The temple site is located at 2 Center Street in Winnipeg.

The ceremony will be directed by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Larry Y. Wilson, of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department. Community, government and interfaith leaders will also be in attendance. Due to limited space, attendance at the event is by invitation, with the general public invited to view the proceedings live from local Church meetinghouses.

January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults

President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will address single adults worldwide on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
The worldwide devotional for young adults—originating from the Marriott Center on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah—will be transmitted live on the Church satellite system,, and other media.

2016 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional DECEMBER 4, 2016

The First Presidency invites Church members and their friends to participate in the First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).
The program, originating from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.
The devotional will be rebroadcast over the Church satellite system in more than 50 languages. For specific times and languages, see the broadcast schedule. Video and audio recordings of the devotional—along with text from the messages in English, Spanish, and Portuguese—will also be provided on and in the Gospel Library app within a week. These recordings may be used as part of local unit or family Christmas celebrations and gatherings.

Church Announces Plans to Film Book of Mormon Videos; Calls for Actors

The Church has announced it will soon begin production of a video library of scenes from the Book of Mormon, similar to the New Testament project The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos ( that was just completed (see related story).

“These Book of Mormon videos will have the same purpose as the Book of Mormon itself—to bring people closer to Jesus Christ,” says Elder Larry R. Lawrence, a General Authority Seventy. “We hope the video library will build bridges of understanding and increase interest in God’s word, which in turn can change hearts and inspire people to live better lives.”
Church members will be able to use the library of Book of Mormon videos for personal study, family and Church classroom gospel teaching, seminary, and missionary efforts. The video footage will also be available to Latter-day Saints and those of other faiths interested in using video and image assets for various noncommercial projects.
Filming will begin in June 2017 at the LDS Motion Picture Studio’s South Campus near Goshen, Utah (located about one hour south of Salt Lake City). Filming may also happen at various North American locations. The first videos from this multi-year project are scheduled to be released in 2018.
The video series will be filmed in English and translated in additional languages.
Actors needed
A casting call was recently sent to ward and stake leaders looking for potential cast members. Seasoned actors, amateurs, and those with little or no experience are invited to learn more and apply at

2017 Changes to Friend Magazine Aim to Strengthen Children

Starting in 2017, the Friend will be printed on thicker, textured paper that’s perfect for coloring and paper-and-pencil activities.

It’s time to break out the crayons! In 2017, new paper and new features are coming to the Friend.
Here are five new things to look for in next year’s magazine.

1. New child-friendly paper
If you’ve ever watched a child write or color on glossy magazine pages, you know how tricky it can be—especially with crayons. That’s why, starting in 2017, the Friend will be printed on thicker, textured paper that’s perfect for coloring and paper-and-pencil activities. This change is designed to help children have a better experience with the activities in the Friend.
2. “Share a Heart!” invitation
In 2017, the Friend is inviting children to fill the world with love—and then send in cutout hearts telling about their experiences. This invitation echoes President Thomas S. Monson’s plea: “May we begin now, this very day, to show love to all of God’s children” (Ensign, May 2014, 94). Each month the magazine will publish a photo story featuring “Friends with Heart”—children around world who serve and show kindness.
3.  Monthly CTR stories
To support the 2017 Primary sharing time theme, “Choose the Right,” the Friend will publish a monthly CTR story. “We are striving to raise a sin-resistant generation unto the Lord, promise by promise and covenant by covenant,” said Primary General President Sister Joy D. Jones. Each CTR story teaches about a principle from My Gospel Standards, and each is paired with a CTR challenge card. Kids can cut out the cards and complete challenges to apply protective and empowering gospel truths in their daily lives.
4.  Church history figures and scripture reading chart
“Reading the scriptures as a family is one-way parents can raise their children in light and truth,” said Sister Jones. The January Friend will include a reading chart to help families read from the Doctrine and Covenants, which they will be studying in Primary and Sunday School. Families can mark their progress by filling in sections of the coloring page.
The Friend will also include monthly Church history figures that families and Primary teachers can use to tell Church history stories.
5.  Expanded preteen section
Preteen children are at a stage of important transitions—and they also face serious challenges such as profanity, pornography, drug use, technology, and mental health issues. To help older children strengthen their faith to meet these challenges, the Friend’s “For Older Kids” section has been redesigned and expanded from four pages to eight. Stories will cover gospel topics geared to older readers and also stories about children dealing with challenging situations.
Plus: monthly “Friend Connection” page in the Ensign
To help parents and families even more, the Ensign will contain a monthly “Friend Connection” page. Parents will find help for using that month’s Friend to talk to children about challenging issues such as gender, pornography, family conflict, bullies, good language, and more.
Visit for past and current issues of the Friend.